No common name

Greeffiella minutum

ORDER

Desmoscolecida

FAMILY Greeffiellidae

TAXONOMY

Greeffiella minutum Steiner, 1916.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Adults are less than 0.00315 in (80 pm) in length, and considered by many scientists as the smallest of all the nematode species. The prominent annulation is homogeneous and, as a result, not mixed with smaller annules. Each annule bears a ring of elongated spines that do not pass through the cuticle. In addition, there are large subdorsal and subventral tubular setae along the body.

DISTRIBUTION

Live in the seas. (Specific distribution map not available.) HABITAT

Found in marine habitat or, rarely, in brackish estuarine waters in sediment.

BEHAVIOR Free-living worms.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET Nothing is known.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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